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Here at Brimah + John I have two main beliefs "No-one can dictate you, to you" and "aspire for progress not perfection". 

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— NBJ

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#RamadhanReflections "Plant a tree"

الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَوةِ الدُّنْيَا وَالْبَـقِيَاتُ الصَّـلِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلاً
Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world. But the good righteous deeds that last, are better with your Lord for reward and better for hope.
— Quran 18:46

Today's post will be short and sweet in sha Allah...

I'm very tempted to regurgitate the Khutbah as it seemed as though the Sheikh was like

"Hey NBJ, don't worry, its a good idea, you're on the right path, keep pushing... I gotchu"

Today's khutbah was on getting connected with the earth.. basically we take and take, we're destroying our planet and we do not give back. But it's so much more than planting a tree and picking up rubbish, its also helping one another.

We're so disconnected from the rest of humanity, we live in our concrete jungle, fighting for pent houses, and gated mansions. We're desperately trying to shut ourselves off from the rest of the world, when we should open our doors to the world. 

He mentioned the Prophet (saw) was known to never say no, that had it not have been for the no in "there is NO God worthy of worship...." He may have never said "No". 

If you asked, he gave. SubhanAllah, our Rasul, truly the best of mankind.

My reflection is simple, lets try to give a little more to the world each day. When we give, lets not give what's old and we no longer want, lets attempt to give from what we love too. 

It's more than giving money, its giving a good character, a warm smile, a tidy bathroom (this one na major sef), a kind word, a shoulder, an honest tongue. 

Have you heard of "social benefit" or "positive externalities"?... Economists, wave your handsss!

"Social benefit is the total benefit to society from producing or consuming a good/service"

"Positive externality occurs when the production or consumption of a good/service causes benefit to a third party"...

Would behaviours that increase social benefit and positive externalities not be a form of charity? Does it also not help us grow more connected to the earth? Do we then not think more about our individual impact on this rest stop we temporarily call home?

You're probably wondering what all this has to do with planting a tree,

subhanAllah the Sheikh mentioned how we should increase in the planting of trees, for every person that eats a fruit from that tree, rests on it, uses it for shade etc, YOU are rewarded.

So my tidbit is, we don't have to physically plant trees, some of us may never have such an oppurtunity. But we sure can plant seeds of hope, warmth, love and care in the hearts of others.

The Prophet (SAW) said, “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good.
— Ibn `Abbas, Bukhari

Personal Ramadhan Goal, to reprogram my resting "bitch" face to a smile... (If you know me, LOL you know it's a task... it's not even intentional, i'm just like -_-. My face is the visual definition of 'K')